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My Endoscopy is this friday and immediatley after, I plan on going gluten-free. Regardless of the results, I plan on trying it because for the last 2 months I have been keeping notes of how I feel when I eat and the common denomonator is Gluten, I think.

But anyway..

Today I was eating a donut (Glazed Stick from Dunkin Donuts) and I started crying. Literally sobbing. Because, even as it was making me sick to my stomach as I ate it, the thought of never having one again really did something to me emotionally. I LOVE DONUTS. I love them more than most food. I would eat them for dinner if I could, and I have. lol. I have a box of gluten-free Donuts in my freezer and they are not awful, but its not the same. The realization that there is now food that I CANNOT HAVE is profoundly affecting me. I know that its just food..and nothing will taste as good as being healthy and functional will feel.

Im just having a bad day. I know I can google, and search here but I am feeling lazy and full of self pity...but is there anything I can read that will motivate me, or some article or blog or anything about how to overcome such petty thoughts of being forever donut-less?

Thanks. :(

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Ah yes. I too was a donut junkie. As in 3 every day! Occasionally I still fantasize about the cream filled long johns I used to so enjoy...

What I can tell you is that the cravings do diminish. I seldom think of donuts now except when I smell them or see them. And gluten free donuts do nothing to fill the void. Tho I am sure there are good recipes- I just haven't found them yet.

So..yeah...you mourn them, like anything else. And then you get on with life because feeling great is better than all the donuts in the world! And really, they are horrible for you anyway.

This is what I tell myself. I also have a rockin recipe for gluten free apple fritters that are better than the most gutinous ones I ever ate. They are labor intensive, but they do hit the spot when only a donut will do!

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I can also say the cravings aren't so bad after a while. I got a phone call about a week after having emergency surgery to have my gallbladder removed, which also involved an endoscopy. Happy as a clam on a Friday afternoon some girl says to me "we got your biopsy results back, it was positive for celiac." I was like biopsy? celiac? What the hell is going on I didn't have a biopsy.

I cried. I cried until I was physically ill. I was so exhausted from crying I didn't bother getting out of bed until the next day. I told myself things like "this is too hard" and "but I've eaten my grammy's cookies my whole life." Sadly, none of that made it all just go away. My birthday was the upcoming week and I went out and ate everything I thought I'd never have again. Donuts, cake, sandwiches.

That all seems so long ago now. There were days early on when I'd just cry in the middle of the grocery store feeling like a freak. I've had toddler style temper tantrums, yelling at the air about how unfair it all is that I can't just have a can of freaking soup. I don't miss cans of soup anymore and I get some sick sort of satisfaction from standing in the store with the door to the donuts open just smelling them. (Yes, I get some really weird looks from people and I don't care.) I'm perfectly happy most days with my fruits, veggies and meat. I've also found that I haven't had to give up things like cake and cookies, it just takes effort to find or make good ones. It's been nearly 5 months and I don't really notice the texture differences anymore with the good quality baked goods. Although Glutino brand donuts are mildly funky, but when you just have to have a donut they'll do.

Adjusting takes time and I still have off days, but overall I think I'm doing okay. The best advice I got here is that it is perfectly normal and acceptable to mourn what you are losing. Before you know it though you'll have more good days than bad and it'll be so habitual you'll hardly remember what bread or Dunkin Donuts ever tasted like. (By the way, I moved across the country about 7 years ago not knowing there would be no Dunkin Donuts here. I may have reconsidered the move had I known! :lol: )

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I used to be that way with Chinese food, and sort of the whole idea of going to Japan or somewhere (I like Japanese girls, to say the least). You will come to the realization that even if your substitute foods aren't the same, you'll come to enjoy them and get used to it. The only gluten-free bread I use is Udi's whole grain with flax seed and omega-3's and it's more delicious than any other bagged sandwich bread I've tasted in my gluten filled days. You will accept it eventually. Stay strong!

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You're craving sugar and fat and carbs because you're malnourished, and your body doesn't distinguish between primal hunger for sugars and what you actually need, which is more likely B complex vitamins and calcium and magnesium.

Your tastes will change once you are off gluten.

You can always get one of those cute little donut making machines which don't use much oil at all, that have little donut shaped forms which you pour the batter into, and close the lid and they bake/fry, and make your own gluten free donuts, which will taste much better than the ones in the freezer case. Or you can perfect a pancake recipe, add some sort of topping, and that is very close to a donut in taste. (I had to stop doing that too often.... I am too good at doing it grainless. :lol: )

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I love you all. What a great place for support. I feel a lot better today :) :) :)

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My mom had bought my girls Katz gluten free donuts, the cinnamon sugar kind and they were pretty darn good (not really dry or anything) and the best part for me was that one donut only had 3g of sugar. The company also makes custard filled donuts, jelly donuts, powdered donuts and other baked goods. They also have a sample pack on their site that you can get, the company's site is Katz gluten free

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